Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sparkle!


I found the most amazing paper at Wal-Mart not too long ago. (Surprised me! I know; right?) It is so sparkly! And the amazing thing is you can print right onto it so I thought to myself, If it can be put through my printer, why can't I stamp onto it? Made perfect sense to me. So I gave it a try, using Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink. It. worked. perfectly! I was totally TOTALLY impressed!!!

What wasn't as impressive was trying to get a picture of it. Yowzer! My poor lighting and lack of fancy photography equipment makes that virtually impossible. I regret that. Because this card really sparkles! 

Sparkly Paper
Sparkly Glitter Brads (white and black)
Sparkly Ribbon (two different ones)
Sparkly Prima Flowers (two layers)

Yep, it sparkles!!!


I used the Floral and Sayings stamp set from Victorine Originals - I've used it several times, but this time I used a different silhouette stamp from the set.



I even tried laying the card on a flat 
surface to try to get a better photo.
It didn't help.


I am not - NOT - a symmetrical type of person. That's really kind of surprising because I'm an extremely organized type of person and they often tend to be symmetrical types, too. But I'm over-the-grid asymmetrical. ;) So I first made the card without the additional (Prima) flower and the symmetry of the look was driving me crazy. I just couldn't handle it. So I added an off-centered flower. I'm much happier now. LOL!



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Stamp Set: Victorine Originals Floral and Sayings stamped with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink

Papers: Diamond Print Glitter Inkjet CS and Recollections Black and 110# White CS

Embellishments: Michael's Ribbon, Prima Flowers, and Glitter Brads from an unknown vendor

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Going Places


It's a 3-day Holiday weekend for many people. that means going places - family gatherings, mini-vacations, or to the store to get more groceries for backyard picnics, etc. Whatever your plans, enjoy them and stay safe.



I even added a school bus (one of the new brads at Eyelet Outlet) to the traffic, as a reminder that for some people there's still a wee bit of school left after this weekend.



Eyelet Outlet Products Used:

Cloudy Washi




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Eyelet Outlet ProductsTruck Stamp SetBus BradFirst Responder BradMotorcycle BradSun/Cloud BradTravel BradTruck BradTire Track Washi, and Cloudy Washi

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White CS

Friday, May 24, 2019

Flea Market Flip - #4


I've committed to doing a quarterly series (personal challenge) this year. For this quarter (April - June) the series is what I'm calling Flea Market Flip. The idea is to find an item at a yard sale, thrift store, even out of the trash and use it on a card.... but the item needs to be something that was not created for the purpose of cardmaking or paper-crafting.


Today's item is a 
packet of Bottle Wraps:


Cost: 74 cents
Found at a Thrift Store


As you can see in this picture,
I used one of the Bottle Wraps
like it was designer paper:



Here's the inside of my card:




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Stamp Set: Gina K Birthday Hoot stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Repurposed Item: Brother Sister Design Studio Bottle Wraps

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Garden Green CS and a scrap piece of SU DP

Embellishments: Enamel Dots from an unknown vendor

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Pretty Lady Birthday Greetings


After a week off for vacation, The Project Bin's design team is creating once again. And what better way to do so than with the Birthday Girl stamp set.

I love the pretty font of the stamp I used from the set for today's card - and just look at all of those fun flourishes.

Denise has many great sets in The Project Bin online store so be sure to check it out.



The Birthday Girl stamp set:


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Stamp Set: The Project Bin Birthday Girl stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Dies: Spellbinders Circles

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Pretty in Pink CS and Paper Studio Lime Green Gingham and Pink Flower with Black/White Stripe DP

Embellishments: Cloud 9 Rain Drops

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Long Horn Birthday


For the past two years (plus a few months) I've been part of the Creative Card Chicks group on SCS. Each month one of the members hosts by sending a little packet of goodies to each member and we create cards with those goodies.

This is a bittersweet post because while it's been a great experience, I've decided not to continue into the next round that starts next month. Therefore this is my last card made for the group. 

Joyce is this month's host. She sent us such fun in a little orange envelope. This is what she said about it...

In the envelope Y'all will find things to help you channel your inner Texan! Long horns are a thing here, so I thought the Boho Bull from Picket Fence Studio was a perfect image to share. The paper is from my stash and doesn't have a name on it, but I thought the straw was a perfect match to go with the longhorn. The green is just one I loved to add contrast. The twine is from Paper Source and the botanical washi tape is from Hobby Lobby. 

While Joyce's kit included some sentiments/sayings (live wild and free, express your wild side, be true to you, truth & freedom), I decided to switch and make mine a birthday card instead. I hope that's okay - a birthday card is more usable in my world.




I hope Joyce and the other Creative Card Chicks like my card.


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In addition to the kit that Joyce sent, I used the following items of my own...

Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Lots of Sentiments stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Lemon Lime Twist CS

Embellishments: CC Designs Enamel Dots

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Travel the World - Week 20

This is the 20th week in my Travel the World personal challenge. Each week I am randomly choosing one country (there are 195 countries in the world) and doing a little research on that country. I then select one tidbit of information about the country as inspiration for the card I make.

This week's country is...



Senegal


Senegal is located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the westernmost city in the Old World and on the African mainland.

In the late 16th century when the Portuguese visited the country's coast, the fisherman said sunu gaal, which translates into these are our boats. The Portuguese, who understood nothing, simply named their land Senegal.

To Senegalese people, greetings are crucial, and their importance should never be underestimated. Exchanging greetings each time you meet someone, even if it is again later in the same day, is pivotal in maintaining good relationships. You are expected to inquire about the health and well-being of the other person and his or her family before asking any other question or beginning a discussion. 

There's a network of protected areas in Senegal that covers about 25% of the country's territory. It's made up of six national parks and other types of protected areas.


Senegal's natural attractions include a vivid pink lake. The pinkish hue of Lac Rose is, mercifully, not the result of an unfortunate chemical spill, but rather a natural phenomenon that occurs due to the lake's unusually high salt content. The saline in the water attracts a non-harmful bacteria, which produces a red pigment to absorb the sun.

Senegal has a tropical climate and is generally hot and humid. The rainy season is from May to November with strong southeast winds and the dry season is from December to April and dominated by hot, dry winds.

Senegal is rich with Savannah grassland vegetation intermingled with Sahel sand hills. Within this grassland rests the giant baobab trees and the ferocious red-haired lions of Teranga.


The African Renaissance Monument is a 161 feet tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills outside Dakara. It is the tallest statue in Africa.

A Senegalese wedding is an elaborate affair. First, the groom goes to the bride's place with Kola nuts and not rings. If the bride accepts the nuts, the proposal part is over. Next, the bride goes to the groom's family to get married with money, rice, sweets, fruits, and the humble sheep... never forget the sheep in Senegal.


In Senegal, taxis have tails. Yes, an artificial tail made of goat or sheep hair. It supposedly brings good luck.

Sheep are commonly given names and kept in homes as companions in Senegal. Therefore it should not be surprising that the most popular television show in the country is Khar Bii (This Sheep). The contest is an American Idol-style nationwide search for the country's most perfect specimen.


Every Sunday on the beaches of Dakar, shepherds bring their flocks of sheep to the shore to engage in a time-honored cleansing ritual. They are washed, given a manicure, and encouraged to have a swim before returning to the daily grind of grazing.

Wrestling is the traditional and national sport of Senegal.

Senegal had Griots, which are traditional storytellers, singers, poets, musicians, and oral historians. They are known for their oratory and lyrical skills.


I decided to let this Senegal fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Senegal has a wide range of exotic wildlife such as lions, elephants, leopards, baboon, hippo, chimpanzee, gazelles, and more.





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Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Leonardo the Lion stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Chocolate Chip and Real Red CS and Paper Studio Big Stripe Red/Whtie and Dirt DP

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Monday, May 20, 2019

Yee Haw! Mystery Man


I can hardly believe this is the 52nd round of the Mystery Image swap group - we are a bi-monthly group so that's over 8 years of swapping together.

Vickie is the hostess this round and she chose this awesome cowboy from the SU Wild Wild West stamp set for us to use. 

Thank you for being such a great hostess, Vickie!

Of course, I thought the cowboy needed a badge so I gave him one by adding a small star brad to his vest.



Here's the inside of my card:



I hope Vickie and the other Mystery Swappers like my card.

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Image (provided by Vickie): Stampin' UP! Wild Wild West stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Crafters Companion UltraSmooth CS (I colored it with Copic Markers

Die: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle

Papers: Recollections Navy, 110# Red, and White CS and DP from the Paper Studio Yee Haw! Paper Pad

Embellishments: Star Brads from an unknown vendor

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Happy Holidays

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I've been making Christmas cards for the Troops (I'm trying to get a box of them ready to donate) so I was excited to pull out the Raisin Boat Holiday Hang Ups stamp set this week. It's such a pretty set with an assortment of ornaments and that gorgeous branch. There are sentiments and other goodies in the set, too. And because there's no need for coloring, it makes it really fast and easy to put together a card with this set.




While I love the ornaments, I'm not overly crazy about the ink I used on the long ornament. I had heard great things about this ink so ordered some but with this first use, I'm not so sure I like it. It's Spectrum Noir Platinum Ink.

I think next time I might heat emboss the ornaments instead. Wouldn't that look gorgeous?

I even stamped the branch and an ornament on the inside of my card...



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Stamp Set: Raisin Boat Holiday Hang Ups stamped with  Memento Cottage Ivy, Lady Bug, and Tuxedo Black and Spectrum Noir Platinum Inks

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Proud to Be An American


Hello - it's summer! Right? At least it's warm enough now that it's making me think of summer. And with summer comes picnics, parades, and patriotism - the three P's. 


I absolutely love the Eagle brads!


Eyelet Outlet Products used:

Wide Skyline Washi Tape

Here's the inside of my card:



If you haven't been to the Eyelet Outlet online store in a while, check it out. The newly released Brads and custom Washi Tape (the Eagle brads are one of the new items) can be found HERE.

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Eyelet Outlet ProductsEagle BradsPatriotic Enamel StarsRed Star Washi Tape, and Wide Skyline Washi Tape

Stamp Set: SU Liberty for All stamped with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Ballet Blue CS

Friday, May 17, 2019

Old School Stamping


In one way I have gone back to my stamping beginnings with this card. Instead of coloring, this card features a variety of colors of ink. That's the way I first got started with rubber stamping - way back when. 

The stamp set I used is from Fun Stampers Journey. It's called Just because. I love these flowers.



Here's the inside of my card:




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Stamp/Die Set: Fun Stampers Journey Just Because stamped with Brilliance Sunflower Yellow, Colorbok Rouge and Tangerine, and Memento Bamboo Leaves Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Groovy Guava CS and Paper Studio Black/White Diagonal Stripe DP

Embellishments: Jot Puff Stickers